No pasta this month, it’s rice instead. I saw this recipe on Food Network’s, Farmhouse Rules with Nancy Fuller. An upstate girl myself, I enjoy Nancy’s show and this one was shown around Cinco de Mayo, of course! Anyway, I haven’t made a chicken and rice casserole in I can’t remember when. So while I missed doing it on May 5th, it was shortly thereafter and on a rainy, cold day. I was grateful to have that lovely smell of rice, chicken and saffron filling the house and the heat of the oven making things all warm and cozy.
Serves 4 – 6.
Cast Iron Dutch Oven
1/4 c olive oil
12 bone-in, skin on, chicken pieces (I used 6 pieces, thighs and legs)
1 large onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon saffron threads
3 bay leaves
1/2 cup diced tomato
4 cups chicken stock
One 12-ounce bottle lager beer
2 cups arborio rice
1 cup frozen peas, thawed
1 pimento, chopped (jarred pimento is fine, about 1/4 cup)
Salt and pepper
Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Heat the olive oil in the Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper to taste. Add the pieces. My Dutch oven held 3 pieces without crowding. So I browned 3 at a time, about 3 to 4 minutes on each side, holding the browned pieces until they were all done.
Add the onions and peppers to the pot and cook until the onions are translucent, 2 – 3 minutes. Add the garlic and saute for about a minute.
Add the paprika, cumin, saffron and bay leaves, stirring until incorporated.
Next, add the diced tomatoes, chicken broth, beer, rice and another teaspoon of salt. Mix well. Bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer. Return the chicken pieces to the pot, cover and transfer to the oven for 20 minutes. Notice how the saffron is already giving the dish that lovely, golden hue.
Remove the pot from the oven, add the peas and pimentos, then cover and return to the oven until the rice is completely tender, another 5 to 10 minutes.
The chicken was falling off the bone tender and hubby really enjoyed the meal.
Notes: I used brown rice which has a longer cooking time than arborio rice. Adjust your cooking times to fit the rice you use.
I used the exact amounts of herbs and spices as recommended since this was the first time I’d used this recipe. In the future, I’ll increase the cumin and paprika and perhaps add a spicy pepper to bring up the heat a little. As it is, it’s not as savory as I would have liked, but very tasty never-the-less.
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